This Week in Mental Training: Keys to Success
Last week’s installment of “this week in mental training” spoke about the jump from high school to college. The first year of this transition can be a difficult yet enjoyable experience. We are pleased about the excitement our post-graduates and seniors are showing in making this next step toward a life in the professional world.
The final weeks of the semester will serve as an opportunity to review some of the key principles we are hoping our student-athletes will carry with them throughout the summer and beyond. These keys to development include:
1) Challenge is required to build skill throughout the learning and development process of life and sport.
2) By embracing challenge a mindset is created that seeks out challenge while also appreciating that growth and development is a difficult process that requires acceptance of mistakes.
3) Consistently challenging oneself can be a drain on the limited resource of effort and attention required to build skills. Our student-athletes should also be aware of the importance recovery plays in the development process to assist with resiliency and the prevention of burnout.
It’s been a pleasure working with the student-athletes of Junior Sports Corporation again this year! We hope they carry these messages with them and continue to build effective habits wherever the journey of life takes them moving forward.
Please reach out to us for further information regarding individualized training to maximize the performance of your student-athlete as we continue to pursue our mission: “to assist the long-term development of our student-athletes by creating a mindset of continuous improvement through preparation, competition, and self-evaluation … resulting in a community of excellence!”
All the best,
Matt Cuccaro, Ed.M. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scott Swainston, M.S. (email@example.com)
Matt Cuccaro is the Director of Mental Training at Junior Sports Corporation (JSC) on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Since joining JSC in 2006, Matt has trained numerous American Junior Golf Association Junior All-Americans, IJGT champions, as well as PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour Players from around the world. He received his Masters of Education in Counseling/Sport Psychology from Boston University and is an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MentalCoachMatt
Scott Swainston is in his third year at Junior Sports Corporation as the Assistant Director of Mental Training. His experience started at Georgia Southern University where he received his Master’s degree in Sport Psychology. While at Southern he worked with collegiate student-athletes on the mental aspect of high performance in a variety of sports. His experience has continued since joining JSC, working with athletes who compete at the junior, amateur, and professional level. In addition to his responsibilities at the Academies Scott works closely with the International Junior Golf Tour; traveling to tournaments to work with players from all over the world on their mental approach to the game. Scott continues to be an active member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. You can Follow Scott Swainston on Twitter at @ScottSwainston